By Genalyn Kabiling
The Duterte government is determined to improve the quality of life of Filipinos, particularly reduce poverty and hunger in the country in the coming years.
According to Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, the government has identified around 30 provinces where hunger alleviation efforts will be strengthened in line with the United Nations sustainable development goals.
Ending poverty and achieving zero hunger were among the 17 global goals set by the United Nations for the year 2030. The agenda was discussed in Nograles’ meeting with members of the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Malacañang late last month.
“We covered a range of topics but we zeroed in on our goals that we could collaborate and work together on. On the government’s part, we fully emphasized the zero hunger program as a key to medium and long-term development,” Nograles said.
“We’ve set a lofty aim of reducing hunger by 25 percent every two and a half years and we have identified a little more than 30 provinces to focus on,” he said.
Nograles said an executive order creating an inter-agency task force that will focus on eradicating hunger in the country by 2030 will be signed by President Duterte soon.
Under the proposed EO, the task force, to be chaired by the Cabinet Secretary, will be assigned to formulate a “national food policy” to attain zero hunger and eliminate poverty.
Nograles said the government’s initiatives on food security, “green economy” and peace process in Mindanao were also discussed in the meeting with the UN representatives.
They also tackled a sustainable and effective national environmental policy, as well as the creation of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
“We just need more discussions and further explorations on how to best use our resources and make the greatest impact in achieving our shared goals,” Nograles said.